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Nyctophobia Interview

mercredi 2 juillet 2014 à 21:50

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Vøid: We come from Barcelona (Catalonia), and we are playing as a band since 2005. Our first intention was to play like the old school of Black Metal, but as we've grown as a band and as musicians we have adopted a somewhat darker and mystical way, incorporating technical details from raw black metal and cosmic soundscapes.

2. Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released 3 years back?
Vøid: For the "Ritual II" we chose the option of recording it entirely in a professional studio. Perhaps this is the biggest difference between the "Ritual I" and "II", as the our first work was recorded and mastered by ourselves at home and our knowledge of recording were not too high. For the "Ritual II" we have focused on improving the sound quality of drums and giving it a leading role that couldn't have in the first demo. About the composition, we have deepened into occultism and mysticism.

3. So far the album titles have started Ritual I and Ritual II, do you have a concept that goes on with your releases?
Vøid: Obviously, if both releases start with the same word is not for random. We have always focused on dark and ominous themes, such as witchcraft or covens, and when we started with the first demo we decided the best word which describes our public appearances (as well as our meetings as a band) is "ritual", summoning the abyss and the darkness.

4. Your lyrics cover satanic, occult and Cthulhu Mythos, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Vøid: As I am the main lyricist, I must talk in the name of the band. Since I can remember, I have manifested myself as an atheist, and against Christian doctrine in particular. We live in a country that is declared secular, but the roots of the Christian religion still clinging to the foundation of our culture. So I've spent my whole life feeding my contempt for this religion. I've always been a lover of the occult and a curious researcher, and because of my fascination I have read a lot on issues of this kind, and I think I am able to write lyrics about it. And talking about the Cthulhu Mythos... I must say I love the work of Lovecraft's circle of writers.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nyctophobia'?
Vøid: 'Nyctophobia' means fear of the dark or night in greek, and it refers also to a mental disease. We decided to adopt this name for our devotion to the darkness, to the mysteries of the occult, to the unnamable, and as a warning to the world that must admire the night. Nyctophobia was also the name of an island of perpetual darkness in one of my early writings. Louen was one of the main participants in the development of this writings, so the decision was really easy to take.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Vøid: Without any doubt, one of our earliest shows in Tarragona with our ever-admired Foscor. We were really young back then, in late 2007, and we could accomplish one of our band goals playing with them. Some years after, we played with Lux Divina and Xerión, other two "behemoths" of the national scene. I can remember that day like one of the best of our career.
About our stage performance, I must say our first goal is to enjoy as much as possible of what we do. We use corpse paint, chains, leather and spikes like the way that is expected from a black metal band, while we try to submerge the public into our personal darkness using light effects and subliminal soundscapes from samples. Our intention is to recreate an occultist ritual instead of playing in a show as a band.

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Vøid: Due to the release of our second work we are focusing on the presentation of it. We have never played out from Catalonia, so it is time to spread the will of darkness as far as we can reach. Some dates will be revealed soon.

8. The new recording was released on Nigra Nit Distro, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Vøid: Negra Nit is known in Catalonia for being an important black metal label, so we had in mind it as first option to label our EP. We are proud to say we share label with bands like Ered, Marthyrium, 13th Moon or Ragnor. The treatment we get from Jordi (main responsible of Negra Nit) is unsurpassable, lot better than we could expected from a label. He helped us so much with the release of "Ritual II", and we owe him a lot. In Catalonia we are lucky to have Negra Nit as one of the principal labels that bets for novel bands like us.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Vøid: Being honest, breaking into the world of black metal being from Catalonia or Spain is quite hard. While it is true that we are not internationally known (not even national!), we want to have the opportunity to show our values before being questioned or rejected. We know that because of our nationality we won't have the same opportunities that other international bands have, but we also know that in our country we have virtually no support for the music we play, so we are in disadvantage. However, in particular cases, we have met with people who support our career and encourage us to keep working to provide a better musical product.

10. Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Vøid: Almost all of us are involved in some kind of musical project. Mergunt also plays for Ragnor and Louen is always working for his personal projects (any of these days he will surprise the world with some one-mand-band). About me, I have some ideas on mind that only time will decide if they are possible or not.

11. When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Vøid: For now we are focusing on promoting our second Ritual while we compose new material for a possible new EP. We still have much work to do before jumping to the quality of a full length, but we don't reject the plan. We can only think of ourselves in the present and in a near future, expecting that Nyctophobia send us as far away as we can to spread our work.

12. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Vøid: All the members of the band usually hear a wide range of musical styles, not only focusing on metal. It is true that most of our influences come from the European Black Metal, as Sargeist, Behexen, Darkthrone or Kaiserreich, but we also found inspiration in classical music, post-rock / shoegaze and ambient. 
Lately I am listening again classics like Dissection, Bathory and Behexen, though I'm always looking for new sounds within depressive-black metal.

13. What are some of your non musical interests?
Vøid: I guess the band has in common the hobby for video games and reading. As I said before, I am particularly enamored of the of H.P. Lovecraft's work. Apart from music, I spend most of my time reading, writing and playing RPGs.

14. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
Vøid: Thank you for giving us the chance to let us talk about Nyctophobia in this zine, and the interest you have shown in our work.
I would make a call to all fans of black metal and invite them to know our project. Leave your prejudices behind and give us the opportunity to be heard and, maybe, liked and spread.
And this is all. See you in the abyss, creatures...

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Nocturnal Witch Interview

mercredi 2 juillet 2014 à 21:43

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the release of the new album?

Hi and thanks for your interest in NOCTURNAL WITCH.
We released the album during a concert on 22nd March together with Venenum and Witching Hour. Since this night we had a couple of gigs and promoting our album. Everything fine so far.

2.You had a new album released in March, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous ep and demos?

We wanted to make a more aggressive album with a sound that crushing your mind. And we made it…
The EP and Demos were good as well, but we didn’t have the opportunity to record them with the sound of the album.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

Death and aggressions!

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nocturnal Witch'?

We are huge Zemial Fans and decided to take a song name of the “For glory of Ur” (fvcking killer album) as our bandname. Simply as that.

5.In the studio the band is a duo but you also have a live line up for the shows, are you ever planning on using any of these musicians on your albums?

No. We write and record our songs as duo. Also in the future…
But a big thank you to Venomessiah for helping us during the live shows as bass(tard)!

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Our release show in Krölpa (Donnerheim) was a real highlight – we played behind a cemetery-fence, just like King Diamond does. During the entire set the crowd hung at the fence and the atmosphere was just aggressive. Hail to Dangerous Metal Meetings in Krölpa for organizing this evening.
Another cool gig was some weeks ago in Berlin/Blackland, organized by Marcello of Evil Spirit…great guy & best scrambled eggs.
NOCTURNAL WITCH brings pure aggressions on stage. With pure black energy we capture the crowd.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

There are some shows announced so far, e.g. at the Pilsen Open Air in CZ in October and in Hamburg with Attic in December.

8.A year ago you where part of a live dvd split with Division Speed, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the video?

We’re all friends and belonging to the same underground scene. Division Speed released great stuff and we totally supporting them.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?

We just got positive feedback.  It’s great that people still love this kind of music even if the scene is flooded with a lot of shitty bands!

10.What is going on with the singers other band 'Sanctifying Ritual'these days?

Sanctifying Rituals latest release is a 7inch EP called “Storm of Devastation”. If you like raw Death Metal – check it out.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We will see…

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

By writing this interview we listen to Massacre – From Beyond.
Nocturnal Witch is influenced by a lot of Bands, but mainly bands like Old Sepultura, Deströyer 666, Nifelheim and Zemial.

13.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

Crush the occult scum!

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Drinking and fucking.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or

Thanks for the interview.
“troops of aggressive - soldiers from hell
crushing mankind - for satans evil spell”

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Premature Birth/A Ceremony Of Power/2014 CD Review

mardi 1 juillet 2014 à 19:33

  Premature  Birth  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "A  Ceremony  Of  Power".

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  way  into  the  music  and  it  starts  going  into  a  heavier  and  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  also  keeping  around  the  keyboards  and  adding  in  melodies  and  they  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  pace d and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  have  the  perfect  balance  between  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  being  used  in  the  background  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  guitar solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  take  the  music  into  a  more  melodic  black  metal  direction  and  the  song s the  band  brings  onto  the  album  take  a  lot  of  the  mid  90's  styling's  of  some  of  the  more  well  known  black  metal  of  the  English,  Norwegian  and  Swedish  bands  of  that  era  but  with  a  more  update  take  and  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  depressive  black  metal  elements.

  Premature  Birth  play  a  more  keyboard  driven  form  of  black  metal  they  have  a  more  heavier  sound  than  most  keyboard  orientated  bands  and  they  also  add  in  elements  of  dsbm,  death  metal  and  a  great  amount  of  melody  to  create  their  own  sound,  the  production  sound s very  powerful  and  heavy  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Premature  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Revelation"  and  "War  Against  The  Filth".  8  out  of  10.


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Arcane North Interview

mardi 1 juillet 2014 à 17:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Arcane North is a very new project of mine. Having played in many bands over the years I’d always wanted to create a project that is solely mine. In the winter of 2013 the time felt right to start working on some songs, experimenting with sounds and melodies. Some of the riffs are one’s I’ve had lurking in the background for years and the more I began to write and experiment with them, the more I realised I could make a half decent project out of it.

So, over the winter months through to early 2014 I worked on the 3 songs that became the ‘Enter the Arcane North’ EP and then subsequently recorded them properly. That pretty much brings us up to date. Not much to tell so far, but this is hopefully just the beginning.

2.Recently you have released your first ep, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?

The main thing I wanted to achieve with Arcane North was atmosphere, via the medium of black metal. It’s hardly untouched territory and I openly admit my inspirations from the likes of Summoning, Burzum, Bathory, Forteresse, Drudkh to name a few. Through this there are many hypnotic guitar patterns with mostly simplistic and mid paced beats.

Where I personally believe the music comes alive is through the use of synths and melodies. As opposed to most atmospheric black metal which usually focuses on traditional keyboard choir and string sounds, I’ve adopted the use of harps, horns, timpani’s and singular string instruments too which almost gives the music a more orchestral sound. Not so much in a bombastic film score kind of way, but more so in the way the likes of Summoning use these sounds. I’ve also tried to challenge myself a little vocally ranging from traditional black screams, almost DSBM style shrieks and clear chanting.

It’s almost impossible to create something truly original within this genre these days, but hopefully all of this put together creates something which has even just a hint of uniqueness.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

I’ve not limited myself to a set theme as such. So far my lyrics are quite personal to me, in that really I’m the only one who truly understands where they came from. Descriptions of my own dreams and nightmares, my own desires and my own thoughts. I also deal with “the north” as it were. Places of interest and natural beauty particularly in County Durham and North Yorkshire. In contrast to that so goes the old saying in England that “It’s grim up north”. Well that kind of plays a part in some of my lyrics, perhaps more in a metaphorical sense.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Arcane North'?

Well the north part is easy, it’s relevant to me and where I come from. As I mentioned before I like to deal with places that I visit which are perhaps mysterious, hidden or secret and very few folk know about. That to me is the meaning behind Arcane North. Through these places I am inspired to write lyrics. I like to involve an element of fantasy, merging reality with my dreams. Combining these two makes for the basis of most of my lyrics and themes.

5.You record all of the musical instruments and vocals by your self, do you feel this gives you more control over your musical sound?

Absolutely. When I write and record I feel very free to experiment. Quite often I’ll have a few beers or a glass of wine and sit and play my guitar or keyboard and the riffs and melodies present themselves to me. I do have a number of close friends though who I often look to for an opinion on a particular song. I feel it’s always good to have another honest opinion from a like-minded soul.

6.Recently you had your ep released as 40 limited copies on cd, are you planning on expanding on cd's or is this going to be more of a digital release?

I haven’t really thought that far ahead to be honest. I wanted the very first press to be a little more special than your average CD and as a result I made them in short DVD cases with a handmade insert. This limited me to the amount I could feasibly make and as such I ended up making 40.

I will definitely want to press it again if/when the first press sells out. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Digital is always a possibility but one thing I will always focus on with Arcane North is having physical releases. As a collector of music I am very much a fan of physical releases, be it CD, vinyl or even tape.

7.Glorious North Productions is distributing your music, is this going to lead to a recording contract with this label?

I have been in contact with Glorious North for many years now and when I told them about the project the label owner was instantly interested. This does not necessarily mean there will be any sort of contract with them for future releases, but they agreed to distribute the EP which I was very grateful for, and who knows what the future will bring. Needless to say, I’d be happy to continue to worth with Glorious North on future releases, if they are happy to work with me.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

The EP has only been out a few weeks so it is hard to judge any feedback at present. I have sold copies to people in Finland and Germany as well as in the UK so far so hopefully over time, I’ll have a better gauge of how my music is being received around the world.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I am working on a number of new songs. The plan is for a full length but I wouldn’t rule out another EP or even perhaps a split. Ideally though, a full length would be the next step. Expect a release to surface in early 2015 as I will certainly be recording during the winter months.

Musically it’s hard to tell. The new songs I’m working on and the music I have written in my head is still in the same direction as the EP. I think after completing the EP I’ve found a “style” I’m happy with so I will likely build on that. It will be interesting (even for me) to see where it will head in the future.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Particularly on Arcane North I suppose I summed this up earlier. Atmospheric black metal is the main influence. Bands like Summoning, Drudkh, (some) Burzum and the like.

Whilst I do listen to a range of music, I feel to be relevant I should discuss the bands within the black metal remit and recommend some of the great acts the UK underground has on offer. Nordland, Hryre, Ulfarr, Nordenglander, Mountain’s Crave to name a few are some emerging black metal bands with a lot of promise.

11.Does Paganism or Occultism play any role in your music?

I suppose it does. I would not class myself as pagan, but I do sympathise with many of the pagan ideals. I have an interest in Occultism but that is pretty much where it ends. I think the imagery of occultism and paganism are very fitting to black metal and therefore I support their use in that respect.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

It’s perhaps very cliché but I enjoy visiting places, going out for walks etc. Where I live it is very easy to be out into the countryside very quickly so I try to take any opportunity possible to do that. There are many places to explore and discover and it’s amazing what you can find in the wilderness.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Arcane North is still a very new project so I urge all readers to take a few moments to check out my music and if you like it, to share it with like-minded souls.

Expect more to come in the not too distant future.



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Exordium Mors/The Apotheosis Of Death/Iron, Blood & Death Corporation/2014 CD Review

lundi 30 juin 2014 à 20:14

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  New  Zealand's  Exordium  Mords  which  continues  the  raw,  fast  and  brutal  mixture  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal  of  previous  recordings  with  the  album  being  called  "The  Apotheosis  Of  Death"  and  will  be  released  in  July  by  Iron,  Blood  &  Death  Corporation.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  gets  more  upbeat  and  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash  and  technical  death  metal  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  album's  musical  direction.

  On  the  other  tracks  the  music  starts  to  get  a  bit  more  heavier  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  also  get  more  deep  and  grim  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  with  this  album  the  old  school  and  technical  death  metal  elements  are  utilized  a  lot  more  than  their  where  on  previous  releases  while  the  black,  war  and  thrash  metal  influences  are  still  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  sound  and  towards  the  end  of  the  album  back  up  gang  thrash  style  vocals  can  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  clean  singing  can  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  recording  progresses  the  old  school  thrash  metal  influence  really  starts  to  become  a  dominant  force  of  the  album  and  the  band  also  brings  in  an  instrumental  that  utilizes  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass guitar  lead  while  the  following  tracks  sees  the  band  returning  back  to  a  more  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  direction  as  will  as  adding  a  good  amount  of  melody  into  their  musical  sound  and  they  also  add  in  a  few  songs  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Exordium  Mors  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal  on  this  album  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  skill  as  musicians  and  they  also  retain  the  raw,  heavy  and  brutal  aggression  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  new  elements  into  their  musical  style,   the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Roman  Paganism  and  History  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Exordium  Mors  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  The  Vultures  Descend"  "The  Corpse  Of  Your  Divinity  Now  Burns"  "Fire  &  Triumph"  and  "Blade  Of  Brutus".  8/5  out  of  10.


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